Parking for both Saturday and Sunday will be available in Palace Fields Charge £3 all day. To find this location just follow the Railwells Parking signs.
Please note for show parking follow the Railwells parking signs as you enter the centre of Wells, Somerset.
Saturday August 11th, 10.30 to 5.30
Sunday August 12th, 10.00 to 4.30
Admission Adults £6.00, Accompanied Child (15 and under) Free
Wheelchair user & Child £4.00
For further and up to date information – Organiser Chris Challis 01749 938362
This year is the 50th anniversary of the Wells Railway Fraternity, making this the 3rd anniversary event in a row. 2016 was the 50th anniversary of the closure of the Somerset & Dorset Railway and 2017 the 40th Railwells.
Included in this year’s exhibition is a 009 layout depicting a WW1 trench railway, by Callum Willcox, commemorating the battle of Amiens which began on the 8th August 1918. Tim Venton will be showing his P4 layout Clutton for the last time; the layout is set in 1952 on the Bristol & North Somerset Railway. Also attending, for probably it’s only public show, is the Bodmin & Wadebridge Railway by John Greenwood; this 2mm system is in fact 7 layouts in one, making up the Southern Withered arm in North Cornwall. Roger Orpwood’s tiny T Scale layout’s locos are so small there is no room for motors inside them; the layout works with magic ‘ You’ll like it, not a lot, but you’ll like it’.
The Wells Railway Fraternity stand and displays will have items depicting the last 50 years of meetings, outings and visits.
When the Fraternity first set up Railwells it was advertised as a Model & Railway Exhibition. For a number of Years now the show has not included a Railwania display. This year Malcolm Barton has stepped forward to put one on. This is in the room on the right of the foyer as you enter the Town Hall. In this room also is a display of live steam locos by the 82D Model Engineers Club.
If you follow the stand numbers round the show you will not miss any of this year’s special delights. There are 16 layouts, 20 traders plus demos and displays.
Getting to Scalefour Southwest/Railwells by public transport
There is now a half hourly bus service to Wells from Bristol. The bus is the Mendip Xplorer service 376, marked from Bristol to Wells, Glastonbury and Street. For those travelling by train, the bus stop at Bristol Temple Meads is at the bottom of the station approach on the right. In Wells the bus stops at the HSBC bank 150 yards from the Town Hall. For the return journey, it is best to go to the Wells bus station, or ask on the exhibition ticket office.
The one exception to the half hourly schedule is there is no bus on Sunday at 1700 hrs; it skips this time from 1630 to 1730 and then goes on half hourly. The bus is normally a comfortable double decker, appropriately in a dark shade of Somerset and Dorset Railway blue.
2018 Layout list as at 26.05.2018
P4 Clutton – Tim Venton
BR WR North Somerset Railway station, Tim’s last exhibition with Clutton
P4 Pwllheli – Jonathon Buckie
Northern terminus of the Cambrian coast railway 2000-2012
P4 Lower Rose Goods – Steve Howe
Inter war GWR Cornish goods depot
P4 Mount Woodville Works – Rob Milliken
Set in the mid 1960’s a salt glazed works making mainly drainage pipes
2mm Bodmin & Wadebridge Railway – John Greenwood
A rear chance to see 7 layouts in one, a true railway system
2mm Bordesley North – Jim Alwood
Minium space layout with high level station and lower level cement terminal
2mm Callaton – Mick Simpson
Situated north of Newcastle in the 1970’s
2mm Mini-MSW (The Woodhead Line) – Alan Whitehouse
The first showing of Alan’s revamped Woodhead inspired layout
EM Navigation Road – Clive Hunt
North East London 1970’s
OO Worlds End – Peter Goss
North Yorkshire 2005-2015
3mm Ballyconnel Road – 3mm Irish Group
Great Northern Railway in Ireland 1955
009 Wantage Narrow Gauge Tramway – Richard Holder
An interpretation of what the Upper Yard, Mill Street might have looked like at 2’3’’ Gauge
009 WW1 Trench Railway – Callum Willcox
The Battle of Amiens 1918, a poignant reminder of 100 years ago.
0g Paxtol Road – Tim Tincknell
Col Stephens inspired light railway in the 1930s
Ng Ashburton – John Birkett-Smith
This delightful scene is set in the 1930s
Demonstrations booked to attend 2018 as at 22.07.2018
Modelling in EM Andrew Ullyott
Learn how to solder and have a go Roger Sawyer
Track construction & working in S7 The Scale 7 group
Modelling the Broad Gauge Paul Townsend
2mm Association Roadshow Paula Martin
Buildings Wagons from kits and scratch
and modelling in P4 John Chambers
Missenden Abby Demo David Brandreth
Displays Etc. booked to attend as at 22.07.2018
Lynton & Barnstable Rly, info at www.lynton-rail.co.uk
Scalefour membership and promotion Steve Carter
Brownsmyths, Main Street, Beckley, Rye, E Sussex, TN31 6RG. Pn 01797 260192
Somerset & Dorset Railway Trust; info at www.sdrt.org
Scalefour Society; info at www.scalefour.org
Scale 7 Group membership Sec. Ron Pitts, 30, Wroxall Road, Solihull, W. Mids., B91 1DS. Phone 0121 705 4138
Scale7 South West Coordinator John Day
Wells Railway Fraternity; info at www.railwells.com
Display 50 years of Wells railway Fraternity
EM Gauge Society; info at www.emgs.org.
EM Gauge Society Membership Iain Hunter
Pendon Museum www.pendonmuseum.com
Missenden Abbey’s Railway Modellers’ Weekends, 3 learn how to weekends a year www.missendenrailwaymodellers.org.uk
Railway Children Charity
South Western Circle
Somerset & Dorset Railway Trust
Traders booked to attend 2018 as at 22.07.2018
Somerset & Dorset Railway Trust
C&L Finescale, Carrs, Exactoscale
Scalefour Society Stores
Minerva Model Railways
Wizard Models (inc MSE, 51L & Comet Models)
Mousa Models by Bill Bedford
Dart Castings with Monty’s figures and MJT
Broad Gauge Society 4mm Sales, Pre orders only
East Somerset Models
Aspire Gifts & Models
Wookey Hub Refreshments
Wells Railway Fraternity Book Sales, in aid of The Railway Children Charity
Modelu, scanner will be in operation
Broad Gauge Society sales to order
Refreshments Queen Street Deli, Wells. Food all day
Please note that all details of exhibitors and traders are tentative and should be confirmed prior to the date.
The Railwells programme will be available to download a week before the show.